All posts written by Helen Beckett

Video interview horror stories

horrendous-video-interviewChances are you already use video interviews as part of your recruitment or will do very soon. A 2012 survey from the staffing service Office Team asked more than 500 human resources managers about their use of video interviews, and nearly one in three uses them “very often.” And just as likely, you will have had your very own horror story using.
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Interview questions you thought you could ask, but can’t

questions-you-cant-askRecruiters may feel that by asking personal interview questions they are making an exceptional effort to find the very best candidate, someone who will never let an employer down. But sometimes, what seems like due diligence strays into illegal territory, especially if you ask banned questions. Do this and you risk a tribunal. Individuals and workers are protected by law against.
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Is speed-dating the route to great recruitment?

Speed-datingRecruiters are more pressed for time than ever before as business, work and every kind of pressure conspire to squeeze time out of diaries. Speed dating is the go-to model in our time-constrained world for matching couples: dragon’s den entrepreneurs with business angels, pets with owners and now, recruiter with candidate. But is speed dating really the perfect model to.
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The issues with making urgent hires

Urgent hireWhat do we do when we need to make urgent hires, but the candidate we prefer does not have the right evidence on paper? How much can we rely on (the right) competency questions or our gut instinct when no candidate has the desirable track record or experience? Here’s what other recruiters do.   Consider ‘different’ kinds of evidence Just because a candidate does.
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Internships: Good or bad?

InternshipsInternship has become shorthand for cheap labour in many companies and some industries. There are countless stories of well-qualified graduates working for free over many months in the vain hope of gaining paid employment. But before the credit crunch, internships were structured programmes of temporary work and some sectors still do see long term benefit in paying for work experience placements. Here.
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My worst hire ever

My worst hireHiring a new recruit can be costly, in fact the Charted Institute for Personnel Development estimates that it costs up to £6,125 to fill a vacancy. And hiring the wrong person can turn out to be even more expensive. A tribunal or the infamous ‘compromise agreement’ can run into thousands.
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How to build a successful recruitment team

How to build a recruitment teamYour recruitment team needs to be sublime if you want to impress and win clients. But we all know that bringing suitable personalities together into the perfect team is an art form as much as a science. And there’s no one-size fits all approach that’s going to work for such a finely tuned team. So where to look for inspiration? Twenty.
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The perils of company websites

Company websites may still be the favoured channel for candidates to find information about jobs, but don’t get too relaxed just yet as there’s a sting in this tail. Jobseekers don’t just want a job – they want a perfect match, so employers need to raise their game beyond yesterday’s benchmarks of what makes a great company site. Employers are miles.
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